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Satellite Shows How Climate Could Alter Global Carbon Cycle

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Satellite Shows How Climate Could Alter Global Carbon Cycle

A NASA satellite mission launched to watch the Earth "breathe" has revealed some striking patterns in how the planet's carbon flux changes seasonally and with large weather events such as El Niño, with some troubling implications for future climate change. The mission's findings are highlighted in five studies in the October 13 issue of Science. NASA's Orbiting Carbon Observatory-2 (OCO-2) mission was launched in July 2014 and has been consistently gathering data on patterns of carbon exchange between the land and the atmosphere around the globe over the course of 16-day cycles, collecting roughly 2 million measurements each month A NASA satellite mission launched to watch the Earth "breathe" has revealed some striking patterns in how the planet's carbon flux changes seasonally and with large weather events such as El Niño, with some troubling implications for future climate change. The mission's findings are highlighted in five studies in the October 13 issue of Science. NASA's Orbiting Carbon Observatory-2 (OCO-2) mission was launched in July 2014 and has been consistently gathering data on patterns of carbon exchange between the land and the atmosphere around the globe over the course of 16-day cycles, collecting roughly 2 million measurements each month


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